RECONSTRUCTION IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA
Bobbie Fost discusses Reconstruction in the area noon Feb. 6 at Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach. Admission is free. 261-7378. ameliamuseum.org
A WALK THROUGH HISTORY
Duval County Retired Educators Association's Cultural Affairs Council presents local notables who've contributed to area multicultural history, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at Mary Singleton Community Center, 150 E. First St., Downtown. Admission is free. 396-4063. dtujax.com
ONE TO GROW ON PARTY
The One to Grow On Birthday Party and the 55-mile Ultra Marathon are held 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, honoring Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Live music by Dalton Cyr and kid band Full Court Press, kids’ activities and a one-mile fun run (1:30 p.m.) are featured. The Run 5 To Keep Kids Alive starts at 2 p.m. To donate to light a candle, go to wolfson55.org.
Embrace Jax presents this family-friendly festival held 3-10 p.m. Feb. 9 at Intuition Ale Works, 720 King St., Riverside. NPR's Al Letson and local Downtown hero Tony Allegretti are the featured speakers. Kids activities, food trucks, and the new Equality Ale are featured. Performing live are the bands Mama Blue, Tropic of Cancer, Tough Junkie, Ritual Union, Shawn Lightfoot, Ritual Union, Real Job and more. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit JASMYN programs. jasmyn.org
FLIGHT TO FREEDOM
Fort Mose Historic State Park celebrates the first free African settlement 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. Florida Living History re-enactors perform Colonial Spanish military drills and demonstrations of musket and cannon firing. A cooking demonstration and an exhibit on Native Indians are featured. Museum entry fee is $2. 823-2232. floridastateparks.org
RUBEN STUDDARD AT BENEFIT
The sixth annual Boys & Girls Club Benefit is held 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island. "American Idol" winner Studdard performs and a silent auction is held. Tickets are $150 and include cocktails and dinner. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County programs. 261-8666. bgcnassau.org
INTERNATIONAL CAR & TRUCK SHOW
All manner of new vehicles are featured noon-9 p.m. Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Hybrids, vans, cars, crossovers, trucks and sport utes are featured. Admission is $10 for adults; seniors 65-plus $8; kids ages 6-12 and military with I.D., $5. Kids younger than 6 get in free. 630-4000. paragonexpo.com
POP CULTURE COLLECTIBLES SHOW
Hot Wheels, G.I. Joe, Barbie — they're all here. Dealers offer retro memorabilia, including comics, posters, records and toys, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Ramada Conference Center, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin. Filmmaker William Grefe, actor Doug Hobart are on hand. Admission is $3; $1 younger than 12. 880-4281. popretrorama.com
Local musicians gather 2-6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Pier Cantina & Sandbar, 412 N. First St., Jax Beach. Proceeds benefit local musician Matt Still's efforts to raise funds for homeless kids in the U.S. Virgin Islands to have shoes. 536-7750. facebook.com/thesoletour
FRONT PORCH SERIES
Mandarin Museum & Historical Society presents longtime Mandarin resident Billy Barwald 2-3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the museum, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Barwald discusses the local citrus business during the time of Harriet Beecher Stowe, until the freeze of 1899. 268-0784. mandarinmuseum.net
BOURBON STREET BASH
The Beaches Exchange Club holds this fundraiser 6:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Casa Marina Hotel, 691 N. First St., Jax Beach. Food, beer, wine, a Cajun Mardi Gras band, and a live and silent auction are featured. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit the club's efforts to prevent child abuse. 329-0663, 270-0025.
INTO THE WILD LIVE!
FSCJ's Artist Series presents Emmy-winner Jack Hanna as he trots various animals onstage 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the T-U Center's Jacoby Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. Tickets range from $27-$46. 632-3373. artistseriesjax.org
Laser Mania 7 p.m., LaserOpolis 8 p.m., Laser Retro 9 p.m. and Laser Hypnotica 10 p.m. Feb. 8 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org
FARMERS & ARTS MARKET
This market is held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sun. of the month at 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park. Everything is handmade or homegrown. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and food are featured. 264-2635. townoforangepark.com
The tour departs 1:30 p.m. every Sat. through February from Old Town Trolley’s Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Stops include Aviles Restaurant, Hilton Bayfront, Raintree Restaurant and San Sebastian Winery. Reservations are required; call 829-3800.
ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET
Local produce, arts and crafts are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland. 347-8900.
FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO
Fresh local and regional produce is offered 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at 1620 Naldo Ave., Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church parking lot, San Marco. Family fun day is the third Sat. 607-9935.
ANCIENT OAKS ARTS & FARMERS MARKET
An open-air farmers market, noon-4 p.m. Feb. 10 and every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Road. 607-9935.
POLITICS, BUSINESS, ACTIVISM
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB
Historian Ron Radford discusses St. Augustine's birthday 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20 for members, with lunch; $25 for nonmembers, with lunch. JAXUSA's Jerry Mallot appears Feb. 13. 396-5559.
BOOKS & WRITING
Local author and FSCJ history professor Moody appears at Book Talk Café 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Moody discusses his book, “Demon of the Lost Cause,” about Yankee general and arsonist William Tecumseh Sherman, and "Diary of a Civil War Marine, Private Josiah Greg." Admission is free. friendspvlibrary.org
JAX YOUTH WRITERS
Writers younger than 18 and their parents meet 7-8:45 p.m. on the fourth Thur. each month at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Southside. 742-7359. FloridaYouthWriters.org
Funnyman Phillips appears 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 7 and 8, and 8 and 10 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets range from $10-$17. Comedy Zone All Stars 8 p.m. Feb. 12. 292-4242. comedyzone.com
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
Mr. Andy Pitz appears 8:34 p.m. Feb. 7, 8:04 p.m. Feb. 8 and 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. Feb. 9 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets range from $6-$15. 646-4277. jacksonvillecomedy.com
THE GYPSY COMEDY CLUB
Roy Haber and Ryan DeNisco appear 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 and $12. 461-8843.
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
The 11th annual event is held noon Feb. 8 at the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach, 4700 Amelia Island Parkway. Prizes, food and drink and a silent auction are featured. Proceeds benefit the Amelia Island Museum of History. 261-7378. ameliamuseum.org
The 13th annual Performance Jetty-2-Jetty Ultramarathon and Team Relay — the world’s longest — starts 8 a.m. Feb. 9 on the beach at the east end of Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, and ends at the St. Augustine Inlet, Vilano Beach. Proceeds benefit the Katie Caples Foundation's organ and tissue education programs. 285-1552. performancemultisports.com
AMATEUR BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP
The annual Julian Jackson tournament is held 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Police Athletic League's facility at 3450 Monument Rd., Arlington. General admission tickets are $10; $15 for floor seats; $5 for non-competing boxers. Proceeds benefit PAL programs. Jackson, a PAL benefactor, died in 2011. 854-6555 ext. 203. jaxpal.com
The season opener features New Jax City Rollers against DC All Stars 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Mandarin Skate Station, 3461 Kori Rd., Mandarin, followed by the River City Rat Pack against Alachua County Hunnies. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 399-3223. jacksonvillerollergirls.com
Don't you just love the squeak of the shoes on the shiny court? The local ABA 2012 championship team takes on the Gainesville Heat 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Then it's the Giants against the Albany Blazers (c'mon, named for a sports coat? We got this.) 5 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets range from $6-$100. 355-6531. jacksonvillegiants.com
TALBOT ISLANDS CRITTERS
A park ranger discusses the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of Northeast Florida 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, Ft. George Island. Admission is free. 251-2320.
LGBT WORSHIP SERVICES
Services are held 10:30 a.m. every Sun. at First Coast Metropolitan Community Church, 2915 C.R. 214, St. Augustine. 824-2802.
JEWISH ETHICS COURSE
The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute offers the course “Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas,” conducted by Rabbi Nochum Kurinsky of Chabad @ the Beaches. Sessions are held 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6 at The Aaron & Blanche Scharf Chabad Center, 521 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. The course challenges students to articulate their opinions, while providing practical Talmudic wisdom to help navigate through life’s ethical challenges. All JLI courses are open to the public; you needn't be affiliated with any house of worship. 543-9301. myJLI.com
OLD TIME JAM
Mountain-type folk music is played 7 p.m. every Tue. at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. Open to players of all skill levels. Admission is free. facebook.com/JacksonvilleOldTimeJam
Sessions for a free five-week study are held 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Hineni Messianic Fellowship, 1797 Old Moultrie Rd., Ste. 102, St. Augustine. 827-9731. hinenimessiah.com
CLASSES & GROUPS
RAIN BARREL CLASS
St. Johns County Cooperative Extension Service holds a rain barrel making class 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 8 at SJC Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Ctr. Dr., St. Augustine. Supplies are provided. Space is limited. The class fee is $40. To register, call 209-0430.
MEMORY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
Learn simple strategies that focus on cognitive stimulation, education and socialization. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach. 729-9535.
Debtors Anonymous 12-Step meetings 7 p.m. every Thur. at Christian Family Chapel, Bldg. D, 10365 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville. 269-8010.
COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS
Six-week martial arts classes for men and women are offered 7-8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4083 Sunbeam Road, Southside. The fee is $40 a month, which includes access to fitness center. 343-6298.
Young Survivors Group (those diagnosed with cancer at a young age) meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Mon. each month at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord Ave. 722-3000 ext. 224 or email email@example.com
FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER
Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. of the month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Bring a mat. 287-0452.
MARINE VETERANS GROUP
The Oldest City Detachment 383 gathers 7 p.m. on first Tue. of the month at Elks Lodge 829, 1420 A1A S., St. Augustine. 461-0139. mclfl383.org
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
The Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers 7 p.m. the first Wed. of every month at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Southside. 419-8821.
NAMI SUPPORT GROUP
National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside. Admission is free. 389-5556. ortegaumc.org
NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A)
Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held 6:30 p.m. every Wed. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Westside. 404-6044. nicotineanonymous.org
Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
This free, open discussion is held 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. alcoholicanonymous.org
This group meets 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168.
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